Birth: Aug. 25, 1885 Taunton Bristol County Massachusetts, USA
Death: Oct. 23, 1965 Taunton Bristol County Massachusetts, USA
On May 01, 1922, Mary, a school teacher from 23 Summer Street, applied for a US Passport to travel to European countries. She planned to leave the Port of New York on the SS LaFayette Jun 24, 1922. She was 36 years old, 5′ 10″ tall, weighed 185 pounds, and had blue eyes, mixed brown/gray hair which was described as “abundant wavy hair.” She was on the SS Antonia that sailed from Southampton, England Aug 24, 1922 and arrived at the Port of Montreal, Quebec Sep 03, 1922. In 1940 she was still at 23 Summer Street and working as a librarian at the public library. Saturday Oct 23, 1965 Taunton Daily Gazette page 2 In this city, Oct 23, 1965, Maydell Murphy, daughter of the late Dr. Joseph B. and Dr. Emily F. nee Bliss Murphy. Residence 95 Davenport Street. Funeral from the O’Keefe Funeral Home, Tuesday Oct 26 at 9 a.m. Solemn high mass of requiem in St. Mary’s Church at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to be present. Interment in St. Francis Cemetery.
Maydell Murphy, 80, of 95 Davenport Street, retired city librarian, died unexpectedly this morning at her home. Miss Murphy, who was appointed city librarian Mar 13, 1934, and retired Oct 31, 1954, was born in Taunton, daughter of the late Dr. Joseph Briggs Murphy and the late Dr. Emily F. (Bliss) Murphy. She was a summa cum laude, 1903 graduate of Taunton High School, received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Wellesley in 1907; graduated from Boston Normal School in 1914; and received her Master of Arts degree from Radcliffe in 1924. Miss Murphy took journalism courses at Brown University and library courses at Columbia, and when she was librarian, wrote “The Library Corner” for the Taunton Daily Gazette. She taught English in Taunton High School from 1915 to 1926, and served as librarian in the Mary Hamer Library at the high school, prior to her appointment as city librarian. She was named “Woman of the Year” in 1934 by the Taunton Business and Professional Women’s Club. She was an honorary member of the Taunton Quota club, the Taunton Business and Professional Women’s Club, and a member of the Taunton’s Women Club, the Massachusetts Library Association, and of the Dartmouth and Old Colony Historical Societies. She was a communicant of St. Joseph’s Church. Surviving are a brother, Dr. Joseph L. Murphy of this city, and 16 nieces and nephews.